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Reykjavík is a tiny city thousands of miles from anywhere, so why should you go? Well, for starters, there's the breathtaking volcanic scenery, revitalizing hot springs, and crowd-free (though no less impressive) landmarks. And the best thing is, that's not even the tip of the iceberg!

National Museum of Iceland

This journey through Iceland's history is easy to find from Tjörnin Pond, but if you must ask for directions, impress the natives by using its simple Icelandic name – Þjóðminjasafn!

Perlan

Home to the Saga Museum and an impressive artificial geyser, Perlan is a stunning glass dome crowned by one of the city's best restaurants. The views are just as good as the food!

Hallgrímskirkja

Inspired by Iceland's volcanic rock formations, Hallgrímskirkja can be seen from almost anywhere in the city! Take the elevator to the top for Reykjavík's best city views.

Harpa - Reykjavík Concert Hall & Conference Center

Reykjavík's cultural heart beats inside this center. Harpa not only hosts some of Iceland's best shows, but has become a benchmark of Nordic design and architecture!

Blue Lagoon

The Blue Lagoon is a geothermal spa and health center, which is famous for its revitalizing treatments and facilities. If that sounds like too much fuss, visit the Nauthólsvík Geothermal Beach instead!

Photo: Luc Van Braekel@flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Kolaportid Flea Market

By the old harbor you'll find Icelandic delicacies like fermented shark among the vintage clothes, vinyl, and usual flea market nicknacks. Come ready with cash to avoid the long ATM queues!

Elliðaárdalur Valley

This recreational area on the edge of the city makes for one of Reykjavík's top excursions. The Elliðaár river runs through its lush flora, swarming with char, salmon, and trout!

Planning Your Reykjavik Visit

Best time to visit?

Reykjavík's endless summer days make it a fun place to visit between June and August, but if you want to see the Northern Lights, your best bet is to go in the winter. Bear in mind, however, that the otherworldly phenomenon (also known as the Aurora Borealis) is notoriously difficult to predict. If it's important that you see it, boost your chances by booking a longer holiday and keeping up-to-date with the daily forecasts.

How long to stay?

Reykjavík has a lot of life in it for such a small city. How many days you need depends on what you want from your holiday. A weekend will be enough to see the city's sights, However, if you want to enjoy any of Iceland's scenic excursions, or immerse yourself in the capital's eccentric nightlife and music scene, a week might not be enough!

How expensive is it?

Reykjavík, like most Nordic cities, has a reputation for being quite expensive and, for a city of its size, that's a fair assessment. Ultimately though, Reykjavík is no more expensive than London or Paris. Furthermore, you're unlikely to encounter hidden costs and can expect excellent value for money.

Good to Know

  • Language
    Icelandic
  • Currency
    Icelandic Krona (ISK)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+00:00)
  • Country Code
    +354
  • Best time to visit
    Summer

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What People Are Saying About Reykjavik

Stunning views, well run tour, highly recommend

A visit to the Golden Circle is a must, and even though we were on the shorter tour (6 hours), it was long enough to properly enjoy the 3 stops, especially in the winter when the wind chill makes it difficult to be outside for long stretches of time. Pick ups were prompt and clear, our guide was informative, and we would definitely book with this company again.

Gullfoss, Geysir & Thingvellir National Park Tour Reviewed by Samantha, 11/27/2016

Beautiful trip through the countryside of Iceland.

Our guide was great and provided much information about everything we were seeing. Even though the road to the national park was closed, he substituted another stop which was really fun as well.

Golden Circle Afternoon Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 11/26/2016

Great day out ! Enjoyed the sites. Very professional.

Great day visiting many of the sites on the south coast. Guide very knowledgeable and struck a great balance between being informative but not overdoing it. Kept us on our toes on each stop but let us get on with our own thing. Felt safe in the hands of the bus driver. Would definitely recommend the tour to others.

Great views and even better tour guides!

Couldn't have asked for a better experience. All of the destinations were beautiful and the tour guides were extremely friendly and informative!

Depending on the weather but worth it in the end!

We rescheduled for another try as the first night we could not see any light. For the next day, we were so lucky to witness twice the display of the lights! Even though they are weak but nothing to be blamed but the nature. All is well!

Aurora Borealis: Northern Lights Tour in Reykjavik Reviewed by Jia Wen, 11/17/2016

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